Brightest Day is a 2010 - 2011 crossover storyline published by DC Comics, consisting of a year-long comic book maxi-series that began in April 2010, and a number of tie-in books. The story follows the ending of the series Blackest Night and how the aftermath of these events affects the entire DC Universe.
|Publication date||May 2010 – May 2011|
|No. of issues||25 (#0–24)|
|Main character(s)||Arthur Curry|
George "Digger" Harkness
|Written by||Geoff Johns|
|Volume 1 (hardcover)||ISBN 1-4012-2966-2|
|Volume 2 (hardcover)||ISBN 1401230830|
|Volume 3 (hardcover)||ISBN 1401232167|
|Volume 1 (paperback)||ISBN 1401232760|
At the end of the 2009–2010 Blackest Night storyline, 12 deceased heroes and villains are resurrected for some unknown purpose. The events of Brightest Day follow the exploits of these characters as they seek to learn the secret behind their return to life.
Brightest Day #7 revealed that the 12 resurrected must complete an individual assignment given to them by the White Lantern Entity. If they are successful, their life will be fully returned.
The series, written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi, was published twice a month for 24 issues (25 if including issue #0) alternating with Justice League: Generation Lost written by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick. Johns has discussed the general theme:
Brightest Day also crossed over into the Green Lantern series, the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America, The Titans and The Flash. It was later announced that Gail Simone would return to a new volume of the Birds of Prey comic book, which will also be under the same banner. Other tie ins included the first issues of a relaunched Green Arrow and the Justice Society of America. Jeff Lemire wrote the one-shot Brightest Day: Atom with artist Mahmud Asrar, which acted as a springboard for an Atom story to co-feature in Adventure Comics with the same creative team.
The Green Lantern series featured more of the characters Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Saint Walker, and Indigo-1 in a story arc titled "New Guardians." At Emerald City Comic-Con 2010, Johns also stated that Firestorm would be a "main character" in Brightest Day.
In June 2010, writer Geoff Johns announced that the "Brightest Day" event would also be used to introduce Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad created for the Young Justice animated series, into the DC Universe. Similarly, the final issue of the series reintroduced Swamp Thing and John Constantine into the mainstream DC Universe after a number of years in DC's mature Vertigo imprint.
The story begins the day after Blackest Night showing Boston smashing his tombstone. Nearby, a baby bird falls out of its nest and dies, but is resurrected by the white ring that Boston has on. The ring then takes him to everyone that was resurrected and he (while being invisible) sees how they are celebrating their new leases on life. Boston then asks the ring why it is showing him this; its answer was - it needs help. It then takes him to the destroyed Star City and creates a forest.
Meanwhile, in New Mexico, Sinestro discovers a White Lantern battery. Hal and Carol arrive and try to lift the lantern, but it will not move...
In June a three-issue miniseries involved the return of John Constantine to the DC Universe and his attempt to convince Superman and Batman that the choosing of Alec Holland (the new Swamp Thing) as the Earth's new protector is inevitable and the resurrected Alec Holland will have to die, so that his soul can merge again with the Green.
The series is collected into a number of volumes:
Other titles are also being collected:
A Brightest Day skin attributed to Batman is one of the special skins in Batman: Arkham Origins. It is a picture of how Batman would look as a White Lantern.
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